“Now that Senate Ethics has confirmed that Senator Menendez broke federal law and exploited his office to help Dr. Melgen instead of helping New Jerseyans, he should do the right thing and resign from office,” DiMaso said in a press release this afternoon.
DiMaso pointed to the highlights of the four page letter of admonishment issued by the U.S. Select Committee on Ethic yesterday.
- “The Committee has determined that this conduct violated Senate Rules, federal law, and applicable standards of conduct.”
- “The Committee has found that over a six-year period you knowingly and repeatedly accepted gifts of significant value from Dr. Melgen without obtaining required Committee approval, and that you failed to publicly disclose certain gifts as required by Senate Rule and federal law. Additionally, while accepting these gifts, you used your position as a Member of the Senate to advance Dr. Melgen’s personal and business interests.”
- “Notably, you have not disputed the fact that you accepted numerous gifts from Dr. Melgen and took official actions related to his interests.”
- “Further, your decision to accept and your failure to disclose numerous gifts while simultaneously using your Senate office in furtherance of Dr. Melgen’s interests created, at a minimum, the appearance of impropriety.”
- “You demonstrated disregard for these standards by placing your Senate office in Dr. Melgen’s service at the same time you repeatedly accepted gifts of significant value from him. Your assistance to Dr. Melgen under these circumstances demonstrated poor judgment, and it risked undermining the public’s confidence in the Senate. As such, your actions reflected discredit upon the Senate.”